San Juan, Sep 16 (EFE) .- “Gasolina”, performed by Daddy Yankee, and “Safaera”, by Bad Bunny, Jowell, Randy and Ñengo Flow, are the only two songs by Puerto Rican artists included in the new list of the best 500 songs in history, published the magazine specialized in music Rolling Stone.
As detailed in the publication this Wednesday, more than 250 artists, composers and members of the music industry chose the 500 best songs, placing “Gasolina” in position 50 and “Safaera”, 329.
“Gasolina”, co-written by veteran urban artist Eddie Ávila, appears on the album “Barrio Fino” (2004), by Daddy Yankee, while “Safaera” is on the album “YHLQMDLG” (2020), acronym for ” Yo Hago Lo Que Me La Gana “, by Bad Bunny.
According to a description given by Rolling Stone, the idea of composing “Gasolina” came when Daddy Yankee heard a man on the street yelling at a woman: “Take it, mija, as you like gasoline!”, In reference to the groomed vehicles to get to the parties.
“That phrase became a current choir that ignited a worldwide fervor for reggaeton,” explains the magazine in a brief description of the song, produced by the Dominican duo Luny Tunes and which includes the veteran urban singer Glory in the choirs asking ” more gasoline. ”
At the same time, Daddy Yankee throws some “verses at full speed and with such energy, that the song sounds as if it were going to cause a combustion at any moment in later decades.”
“Safaera”, meanwhile, was included in one of the three albums that Bad Bunny released in 2020 (“YHLQMDLG”, “Las Que No Iban a Salir” and “El Último Tour del Mundo”, in the middle of the pandemic of the covid-19.
“I didn’t think that what people need is entertainment,” Bad Bunny said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
According to the magazine, “Safaera” “compresses into five minutes the soaking and high-octane vigor of 90s reggaeton with a jolt of at least five rhythms and multiple Puerto Rican artists.”
In addition, it features “daring lyrics and musical samples” of other songs, such as “Get Ur Freak On” by the American rapper Missy Elliott and “El Tiburon”, by the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Alexis y Fido.
“It’s a song that you feel is twisting you,” he adds.
The list of these 500 songs is the first that Rolling Stone does in 17 years.
More than 4,000 songs received votes on this occasion.
In the 2004 list, the songs that predominated were in the genres of rock and soul, but this new version is distinguished more by hip-hop, modern “country”, independent rock, Latin pop, reggae and music. R&B.
More than half of the songs, specifically 254, did not appear in the first edition.
“The result is a more expanded one, with a vision of inclusion of pop and music that continues ‘rewriting itself’ through history with each rhythm,” the magazine points out.